Female soldiers ‘forced to fight’

#1
From The Sunday Times February 21, 2010

Female soldiers ‘forced to fight’
Michael Smith 1 Comment
Recommend? FEMALE soldiers in Afghanistan are being left with little choice but to fight the Taliban on the front line.

Senior officers have blocked repeated efforts by ministers to put women in frontline combat. A fresh review, due later this year, is expected to maintain the ban. But one female soldier has described how she repeatedly fired her rifle during fighting with the Taliban before being wounded.

The realities of the front line leave female soldiers little alternative, said Private Kerry Smith, a 25-year-old medic who took part in the fierce combat in Helmand last summer.

“The fighting was so intense around our objective that sometimes I had no choice but to use the weapon,” she said. “It could have been dangerous for all of us if I’d refused to use it.”
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7034959.ece
 
#5
As in No choice but to use your weapon and being in a position where you are fully expected to, ie Infantry soldier.

(before anyone gets a sad-on this isnt a putdown to non-Infantry units so dont take it as such)
 
#9
Oh dear,how sad,if you don't want to defend yourself and your mates,either take less pay, or don't join up.The old W.R.A.C.and Greenfinches went out armed with handbags,a very deadly weapon!
 
#10
I assume I'm not alone in thinking that having an automatic 'get out of fighting terry free because i'm a woman card' is a pile of bollox?

edited for mongfingers
 

Mr_Fingerz

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#11
"The enemy firing point was right in front of me. I didn’t think twice about it. I started firing on the enemy position, expending about 15 rounds.”

Smith, who still has a round embedded in her leg, said she had been forced to join the frontline fighting on a number of occasions. “It was always as a last resort,” she said. “As a medic I’m a non-combatant. That said, I carry a rifle for a reason. I’m trained to use it to the same standards as the men.”

From the quotation, I don't think that Ms Smith was complaining, rather that the Times has elected to put a little spin on the story.
 
#12
Mr_Fingerz said:
"The enemy firing point was right in front of me. I didn’t think twice about it. I started firing on the enemy position, expending about 15 rounds.”

Smith, who still has a round embedded in her leg, said she had been forced to join the frontline fighting on a number of occasions. “It was always as a last resort,” she said. “As a medic I’m a non-combatant. That said, I carry a rifle for a reason. I’m trained to use it to the same standards as the men.”

From the quotation, I don't think that Ms Smith was complaining, rather that the Times has elected to put a little spin on the story.
That's my take on it too, Mr_Fingerz. No squaddie, male or female, who has a weapon would hesitate to start putting some rounds down when things get dramatic.

The title of the piece is very misleading

MsG
 
#17
Completely twisted story - and bone to boot - why the fcuk was she given a weapon if not expected to use it - load of shite and very contemptable :?
 
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BuckFelize said:
Skynet said:
“It could have been dangerous for all of us if I’d refused to use it.”
That's got to be the understatement of the year so far.
When you go to join up ,I was informed you are a soldier first and if I wanted to be in the QARANC etc this would come next .So to be honest you are going in with your eyes open
 

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